Haute-Loire places to visit and attractions

Below you can explore some of the most popular highlights and places of interest in the Haute-Loire department of Auvergne. See also our Haute-Loire travel guide

photo of Allegre


Be sure to climb to the castle above Allegre to see the views after taking a stroll around the village
See guide

photo of Arlempdes


Arlempdes is a very small village but the character of the village, the ruined castle and the valley of the Loire combine to make it very picturesque
See guide

photo of Auzon


The cobbled streets of Auzon wind up the hill from the river, passing an imposing church and medieval houses
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photo of Blesle


There are a remarkable number of sites of interest in the small village of Blesle because in medieval times it was an important town for the local Barons
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photo of Brioude


Brioude is most visited for the Basilica Saint-Julien, the largest romanesque church in the Auvergne
See guide

photo of La Chaise-Dieu

La Chaise-Dieu

The church, cloisters and Danse Macabre fresco in the abbey are the major attraction in La Chaise-Dieu
See guide

photo of Lavaudieu


Lavaoudieu is listed among the most beautiful villages in France, and has the roman style Abbey de Lavaudieu as principal attraction
See guide

photo of Le Puy-en-Velay

Le Puy-en-Velay

The town of Le Puy-en-Velay is very interesting to visit and an important pilgrimage town, as seen in its many religious monuments and statues.
See guide

photo of Pradelles


Both the picturesque historic village centre and the lovely viwes make Pradelles a highlight in the Haute-Loire department
See guide

For more information see the Haute-Loire guide

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Market towns & days in Haute-Loire

all markets in morning unless otherwise stated

Allegre: Wednesday
Aurec-sur-Loire: Wednesday & Friday
Bas-en-Basset: Wednesday
Blavozy: Sunday
Brioude: Saturday
Brives-Charensac: Friday
Chadrac: Sunday
Champagnac-le-Vieux: Friday
Costaros: Monday
Coubon: Sunday
Craponne-sur-Arzon: Saturday &
Dunieres: Friday
Fay-sur-Lignon: Wednesday & Sunday
Grazac: Sunday
La Chaise-Dieu: Thursday & Sunday
Landos: Tuesday
Langeac: Tuesday & Thursday &
Lantriac: Sunday
Lapte: Sunday
Laussonne: Thursday
Le Chambon-sur-Lignon: Wednesday & Saturday
Le Chambon-sur-Lignon: Wednesday (high season only)
Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille: Tuesday
Le Puy-en-Velay: Wednesday & Saturday
Monistrol-sur-Loire: Friday
Montfaucon-en-Velay: Wednesday
Paulhaguet: Monday
Polignac: Wednesday
Pont-Salomon: Wednesday
Pradelles: Thursday
Raucoules: Saturday
Retournac: Wednesday &
Riotord: Friday
Rosieres: Saturday
Saint-Didier-en-Velay: Wednesday & Sunday
Saint-Front: Friday
Saint-Julien-Chapteuil: Monday
Saint-Just-Malmont: Sunday &
Saint-Maurice-de-Lignon: Sunday
Saint-Pal-de-Chalencon: Wednesday
Saint-Victor-Malescours: Saturday
Sainte-Florine: Sunday

Tourist attractions to visit in Haute-Loire

The following sites have received official "tourist classifications"...

Towns of Art and History

Le Puy-en-Velay: See tourist guide

Sites of Natural Beauty

Lac du Bouchet

Secteur Sauvegardé (protected historical town centre)

Le Puy-en-Velay: See tourist guide

Religious Monuments

Abbaye Saint Pierre (Blesle)

Abbaye Saint-Andre (Lavaudieu)

Basilique de Saint Julien (Brioude)

Eglise de Saint Georges (Saint-Paulien)

Prieuré de Saint Julien (Saint-Julien-Chapteuil)

Regional Natural Parcs

Livradois-Forez: See tourist guide

Towns classified as Recommended Detours

Le Puy-en-Velay: See tourist guide

Villages classified as "most beautiful villages"

Arlempdes: See tourist guide

Blesle: See tourist guide

Lavaudieu: See tourist guide

Pradelles: See tourist guide

UNESCO world heritage sites

Le Puy-en-Velay cathédrale Notre-Dame (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide

Le Puy-en-Velay Hotel-Dieu St Jacques (monuments on French pilgrim routes): See tourist guide